• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Woody Allen
    In Theaters:
    Jun 22, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jan 15, 2013
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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To Rome with Love Reviews

Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Allen's creative revival comes to a juddering halt with a foursome of would-be amusing vignettes that barely muster a laugh between them.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Once upon a time, calling a movie "lesser Woody Allen" might be considered a slap in the face. Now, it's more-or-less expected.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2012
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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Allen's story moves along quite wonderfully, primarily because of his nuanced casting.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

July 6, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Most of the characters are archetypes, yet Allen treats them with genuine affection and avoids the bitterness that's marred much of his recent work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 6, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's minor Woody, but it's still Woody.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

July 6, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Not great, but not grating.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Well, it's not "Midnight in Paris," but it's not "Whatever Works," either.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Alas, it's a love letter written on the fly, with brushstroke characters working their way through a cluster of sketchy, disconnected plotlines.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 5, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A charming but terribly self-indulgent trifle that's less than the sum of its many parts.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 5, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Fans of Allen's magnificent earlier work can only look at this effort and feel their own brand of Ozymandias melancholia.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 5, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

July 5, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In the end, Woody Allen and Rome go together like corned beef and gelato.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

July 5, 2012
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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A film that sometimes comes off as an intersection of tangents, but it also gives rise to moments of joyous whimsy.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The best thing that can said about the picture is that it's a pleasant time-waster that also doubles as a travelogue for anyone interested in visiting Italy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 5, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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To Rome with Love desperately needs a script polish, as well as an entire third act.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

July 3, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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Allen seems to be aiming for the precise intersection of art and commerce where sophistication is implied, but nothing that takes place is ever obscure or challenging or revelatory.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

June 29, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's all rather sweet but instantly evanescent.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

June 29, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Somewhere in here is a real movie, but it's hard to find in all the mess (which, despite everything, is actually funny from time to time).

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 29, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's often inept, moment to moment.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Allen probably makes too many movies. This one's OK. He'll make more.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] generates no particular excitement or surprise, but it provides the sort of pleasure [Allen] seems able to generate almost on demand.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 28, 2012
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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If you're expecting another "Midnight in Paris" -- and you may well in the first moments of the new film -- you will be disappointed.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2012
David Denby
New Yorker
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Woody Allen's new movie, To Rome with Love, is light and fast, with some of the sharpest dialogue and acting that he's put on the screen in years. The picture gently but surely moves back and forth between romantic comedy and satirical farce.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 26, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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At times this multiple-plot meander through the glorious labyrinth of the Eternal City can feel aimless, even lazy. But in the film's best moments, that willingness to wander works to its advantage.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 24, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Not as creative as "Midnight in Paris," but it's a funny, quirky, frothy diversion.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Even loyal fans have to admit this isn't so much a movie as four little one-page New Yorker stories, strung together with "Volare" and one-too-many shots of the Trevi fountain.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The comedy is passable, and the ways the stories play off each other provides enough to think about to be engaging.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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An affectionate but meandering comedy that contemplates romance, fame, legacy and longing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's often frivolous and banal, though never tedious. It does offer moments of buoyant humor, farcical fun and consistently gorgeous cinematography.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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What's on screen is a collection of clichés intermingled with outlandish farce or surreal fantasy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 21, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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To Rome with Love feels thin and lazy, another collection of familiar ensemble skits carelessly strung together in a cross-generational contemplation of the Big Issues that have plagued Allen's life and fed his art.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 21, 2012
Bob Mondello
NPR
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To Rome with Love is just froth - a romantic sampler with some decent jokes and gorgeous Roman backdrops.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 21, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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To Rome With Love lacks the overarching theme of time and regret that distinguished Allen's last romantic comedy, but it has pleasures galore.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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The results don't rank with his greatest triumphs, but there are enough laughs and watchable performances to make it all go down easy.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

June 21, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's lazy, frivolous filmmaking -- To Rome With Love has about as much intent as a vacation -- but in spurts, gives real pleasure.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 21, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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You never feel like you're anywhere except a mediocre New Yorker casual.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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One of the most delightful things about "To Rome With Love" is how casually it blends the plausible and the surreal, and how unabashedly it revels in pure silliness.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 21, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Woody Allen has become such a beguiling travel agent that he rolls through these stories with a relaxed effervescence that is rather infectious.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 20, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...a refreshing summer entertainment, not too sweet but not terribly bitter, and very picturesque besides.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's time to pack up the Vuitton and come home, Woody. Your inspiration is thin, you're running out of euros, and you're having a bad day.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

June 19, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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This Rome is luminous, and Allen, as in Manhattan, is great at imbuing his film with a strong sense of location.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 19, 2012
David Germain
Associated Press
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It's not Nero who's fiddling, but Allen, bopping and dithering around the city like a tourist so desperate to cram in all the sights that he comes away only with a few crisp highlights and a lot of out-of-focus snapshots.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 19, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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I was blissed out during much of To Rome With Love, but I have to acknowledge its creepy side.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

June 18, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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This pleasantly diverting, none-too-strenuous arthouse excursion feels like a throwback to Allen's short-story anthologies, with the added pleasure of seeing a game cast play along.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 15, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Allen the writer-director has gone tone-deaf this time around, somehow not realizing that the nonstop prattling of the less than scintillating characters almost never rings true.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 15, 2012
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